Uncanny Collateral (Valkyrie Collections #1) – Book Review

Publishing Date: April 2, 2019

Publishing Co.: Self published (I believe)

Pages: 151

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Uncanny Collateral is a solid edition to a promising new Urban fantasy series that skips out on all the mundane details to bring you fast-paced action and entertaining characters.

I have already been seeing a lot of comparisons of this with the Dresden Files and I think that happens almost by default just because it’s urban fantasy and the main character is male instead of female. There may be some very small similarities but the glaring one is that this one contains a lead that is lacking that highly annoying ‘white knight syndrome’ that plagues the other series. That alone makes this story feel like a giant sigh of relief.

When someone sells their soul, a bargain is struck. Fame for your soul. Money for your soul. Love for your soul. Whatever the bargain, eventually you have to pay your part of the deal. Sometimes people try to weasel their way out of the deal and that’s where Alek comes in. He’s a reaper. He collects souls. He’s half troll, half human and a slave to a collection agency that bought him at birth. His only friend is the djinn trapped in the ring on his finger and his current case has Death himself as his client. Someone is stealing souls from Death, an imp war is brewing and somehow Alek finds himself in the middle of both.

I was pleasantly surprised by just how into this I was right from the beginning. Alek is an engaging character, in a well-built urban fantasy world that is action packed with an original story line. I could have easily sat and read this all in one sitting if it wasn’t for things like work and sleep getting in the way.

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10 thoughts on “Uncanny Collateral (Valkyrie Collections #1) – Book Review

  1. Dang, McClellan is moving into urban fantasy territory? Maybe by the time I get through the second powder mage trilogy more of this one will be a bit more completed…

  2. I could probably just look it up but what exactly is Urban Fantasy? I’ve heard it thrown about for years but I’ve never been drawn in enough by any of the synopsises to go deeper down the rabbit hole.

    1. It’s essentially fantasy set in the present day. Like our current world but with magic in it. For example; this is set in Cleveland but there are imps, trolls and other various mythological creatures in it.

  3. I might have to check this out. I read the second Dresden and barely got through it. I think I read the first years ago when shit like that didn’t bother me as much. So many of my friends fucking LOVE the Dresden Series, but after the second book I can’t stand him. The world itself is interesting, but Harry needs to fucking go.

    1. I read book three and it was rough but only partially thanks to Harry. I have the fourth book and I’ve almost picked it up several times and then almost immediately go, “Nah, I’m not ready for that shit again.” I’ve heard the Dresden Files really blooms after book five, just having a hard time getting there. I really loved the first book but I think it was because I was young and dumb and new to the genre.
      As for this one, I think it’s worth the try.

      1. That’s what I’ve heard, too. It gets a lot better after that point, and maybe I should just keep going, but I’d honestly rather read more Patricia Briggs if I’m going to continue a series I had some problems with. I loved Mercy, but had issues with some of the characters around her. It’s kind of the opposite of Harry lol.

      2. Yes, and at least with Mercy, she tends to set those characters straight eventually.
        One of us will get to book five eventually and than we can let each other know if the rumors are true or not lol.

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